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Ciudad Vieja, Montevideo

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Located at the tip of a small peninsula protruding out of Montevideo, Ciudad Vieja, the historical center of the city, bustles with activity and houses a fascinating blend of modern and old architecture. The neighborhood also contains the city's port, an excellent open-air market, and several museums. You can find some of the best nightlife in the Uruguayan capital here, as young Montevideans flock to the center to party the night away. Arrange to visit Ciudad Vieja and other attractions in Montevideo using our Montevideo travel itinerary planner.
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Where to stay in Montevideo

Montevideo's central neighborhoods offer plenty of hostels for budget-minded travelers, as well as a good selection of mid-range hotels for visitors looking for a bit more space and privacy. Luxury rooms are harder to come by, especially if you arrive without a reservation. If you want to indulge your every desire, your best bet is the waterfront area, where you can find four- and five-star hotels offering all the modern amenities you need, including complimentary bicycles and car rental services.
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  • A very European feel on pedestrian streets. Good chocolate shops, restaurants like Jacinto and Estrecho. A fair in the plaza.  more »
  • Beware of theft and robbery though. Don't go after dark or the more run down corners. Great mix of architecture. Several good restaurants  more »
  • Ciudad Vieja is where you find Plaza Independencia. In here, you have the underground tomb of their national hero, Jose Gervasion Artigas and also his monument. As I walked around the old town, you se...  more »